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Focusing on children's wellbeing and ecological exposures in child care centers is Essential for several reasons: Since they display exploratory behaviors that put them in direct contact with contaminated surfaces, they're more likely to be vulnerable to some contaminants found. They're also less developed immunologically, physiologically, and neurologically and are more prone to the negative effects of toxins and chemicals. Children spend a whole lot of time in child care settings. Many babies and young children spend as many as 50 hours each week, in child care.

Nationally, 13 million children, or 65 percent of U.S. kids, spend some part of the afternoon in child care and at California alone, roughly 1.1 million children five decades or younger attend child care. In this exact same condition, many adults might also be subjected as roughly 146,000 employees work 40 hours or more a week child care centers. Child care environments include substances which may be harmful for kids. Recent studies suggest that lots of child care environments might contain pesticides, allergens, volatile organic compounds from cleaning agents and sanitizers, and other contaminants which may be toxic to children's wellbeing.

Nevertheless, little is understood about what environmental and chemical exposures they might be getting in these configurations. To fill this gap, we quantified. Outcomes of the study were reported on the California Air Resources Board. Our findings help inform policies to lower accidents to children, encourage training and workshops to educate child care providers about methods to lower children's environmental exposures (ex. Using integrated pest management to decrease pesticide usage ), and search for future research.

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Transitioning back into care: Welcoming children and parents

This article is part of a series on transitioning children, families, and staff back into care after Covid-19 closures. States are beginning to reopen after major closures due to Covid-19. There is variance in approach, but one consistent piece is applicable across all states, regions, and communities – regardless of location, many children will be […]

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This article is part of a series on transitioning children, families, and staff back into care after Covid-19 closures. States are beginning to reopen after major closures due to Covid-19. There is variance in approach, but one consistent piece is applicable across all states, regions, and communities – regardless of location, many children will be […]

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This article is part of a series on transitioning children, families, and staff back into care after Covid-19 closures.

States are beginning to reopen after major closures due to Covid-19. There is variance in approach, but one consistent piece is applicable across all states, regions, and communities – regardless of location, many children will be returning to care over the next several months, and it may take some time and some thoughtfulness to help ensure a smooth transition back.

Keep in mind that everyone has been distanced from one another for the past several weeks or months, and rejoining group settings may feel strange at first. This can go for you, your teachers, and the parents and kids at your program. Recommendations to welcome everyone back:

  • Written communication to your families (use the Wonderschool app!) letting parents know what to expect
  • Remind parents that the transition back might look really different from the child’s initial transition into care, or very similar, or anywhere in between. Encourage parents, your staff, and yourself to be very accepting and meet children where they are at this time (and always, now that you mention it!)
  • Host a few small-group get togethers for families prior to starting back in full swing. This will allow parents to practice coming with their children again, and give everyone the opportunity to mingle again
  • Plan to support the parents as much as the children. Trust us, it is going to feel very unsettling to some families to go from being with their child 24/7 to dropping them off for group care again. Be kind and compassionate, and let them know you’re there for them
  • Let families know how they can support you and your staff during this time – whether it’s following your illness policy, donating hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes, or joining a play session prior to coming back, parents will be eager to support you and their child. Let them!

Thinking through these pieces will give parents a great deal of assurance that you’re working hard on a smooth reopening process, and the more confident parents feel, the more relaxed their children will also feel. Keep us posted on how things are going, and remember to reach out any time for the support of the Wonderschool Community.

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